Resolutions? Simple. Be Kind. Stay Positive

It seems simple enough, but I hope that we all share a resolution this year and every year:  Be Kind.  Stay Positive.

There are very few situations in life and business where a little kindness and positivity can’t help.  When a mistake is made, humility and kindness go a long way.  Likewise with communication mishaps or misunderstandings.

Kindness and a spirit of curiosity vs judgment is essential in conflict and when dealing with uncharted territory as well.  There are very few things that are irreparable.  They may take work to correct – and sometimes a LOT of work, but very few things can’t be fixed, and if we can all keep that in mind, I think we’ll treat each other a lot differently.

Assuming AND COMMUNICATING positive intent can be the difference behind “We are trying this new process to improve the business, and we are excited about it – please provide feedback along the way so we can make sure we all succeed!” vs. “Look, don’t shoot the messenger.  They have no idea how much work we already have to do, and now they are changing it AGAIN.  I tried to go to bat for you, but they don’t listen to me, either.”  Positivity and kindness – difference makers.

If you lead teams, you represent the organization for them.  Resolve to be a positive representation of the organization.  If you are optimistic for the future of your department and the organization, your team will take their cues from you.  Let’s all aim to build more bridges, lift our teams up, and to begin 2019 with 365 chances to have a fresh perspective each day.  We will inevitably catch ourselves not living this value.  Forgive yourself and do better the next day.

Be kind and stay positive – to yourself and others.

You Have to Start Somewhere

Thanks for joining me on this journey!  The adorable pup pictured above is Maximus the Minimus.  I keep this picture of him as the wallpaper on my laptop, constantly reminding me not to take myself or situations so seriously.

My goal of this site is to create a starting place for conversations around servant leadership, HR, finding your voice, courage, belonging (Thank you for your work, Brené Brown), being intentional in our work, and encouraging others to do the same.  Thank you for the encouragement, Steve Browne!  Steve is the most humble, genuine, intentional human being you will ever meet, and knowing Steve, I’m certain you already have.

There’s never a “good” time to start something like this.  I’ve been jotting down or dictating to Siri ideas for this blog for a little over a year.  I would get an idea from a #Nextchat post, or have a conversation that spoke to my soul, and I’d type it in the little Note app on my iPhone.  At first it was possible titles, then ideas for posts.

What held me back?  Fear.  Fear of not having any idea what I was doing.  Spoiler alert:  I don’t.  You’re welcome to join me as I figure it out, though, and I’ve already gotten one thing done right.  I STARTED.

Thank you for checking out my blog.  Please feel free to leave a comment to continue the conversation.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton